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A rendering of Fanny Allié’s neon sculpture Glowing Homeless. Courtesy of the artist, fannyallie.com

A rendering of Fanny Allié’s neon sculpture Glowing Homeless. Courtesy of the artist.

Fanny AlliéThe Glowing Home

Exhibition on view March 13, 2014—April 30, 2014

Curated by Brendan Carroll brendanscottcarroll.com

Allié’s neon sculpture of a solitary human figure transforms ArtBloc, a mobile art space built from repurposed shipping containers, into a temporary shelter. A sound installation will accompany the work, which features separately recorded voices by people living or working in Jersey City. The songs, which touch on feelings of home, memory, and loss, will be played back through a pair of speakers affixed to ArtBloc.

About the Artist:

Fanny is a multidisciplinary artist that works in sculpture, installation, and drawing. In her recent public works, she has focused on the human body and its silhouette. New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Roger Smith Arts Space, and Chashama have organized solo exhibitions of her work. Freight + Volume Gallery, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, FIGMENT, and Dekalb Gallery/Pratt Institute have featured her work in group exhibitions. Her work has been mentioned in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, NY Magazine, and Arts in Bushwick.

In 2005, she earned her M.F.A from National School of Photography in Arles, France. In 2001, she earned her B.A. from Paul Valéry University, Montpellier, France. She has been the recipient of numerous residencies, including Bronx Museum of the Arts Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program and Artelinea Artist Residency in France.

Fanny Allié was born and raised in Montpellier, France. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Partners:
SILVERMAN is a New Jersey real estate developer, creatively rebuilding urban areas, supporting the arts, while building neighborhoods.

ArtBloc is a mobile art gallery and performance space built from two repurposed shipping containers – it is a dynamic community venue for art, music, dance and theater.

Brendan Carroll is an artist, writer and curator. He organizes a rotating exhibition program of prominent and up-and-coming artists for SILVERMAN.

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SILVERMAN and Majestic Theatre Condominium Association present
Paul Lempa: Icons of Sport

Opening Reception: Friday, March 7, 2014, 7 – 9 p.m. 

The Majestic Theatre Condominiums
222 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
201.435.8000

Exhibition on view in the lobby from March 7, 2014 to June 28, 2014 

Curated by Brendan Carroll, brendanscottcarroll.com 

I paint athletes, famous and not, from my own unique perspective, hoping to bring people into those simple moments, not just to observe them, but experience them along with me” — Paul Lempa

Paul Lempa, Say Hey Kid, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

Paul Lempa, Say Hey Kid, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

SILVERMAN and Majestic Theatre Condominium Association present Paul Lempa: Icons of Sport, on view through June 30, 2014. Sport has inspired artists since ancient Greece. This exhibition presents a series of acrylic paintings on linen and canvas that feature iconic athletes from Babe Ruth to Wilt Chamberlin, Willie Mays to Serena Williams.

For the past decade, Lempa has meticulously painted portraits of iconic athletes. His paintings are based on old photographs that he finds on the Internet, as well as in old magazines, books, and trading cards. It’s hard to believe some of his paintings were made this century. Often, they feature baseball players in baggy jerseys, short pants, and high socks from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. These works emanate a bittersweet yearning for a return to a simpler time in professional sports, when athletes played for the love of the game, not the size of their paychecks.

“I do extensive research when starting a painting, and use multiple resources, but usually one main image. Very rarely can you find one image that will give you all the information you need, so the supplementary images are usually facial close-ups that can help fill in the blanks. Once I settle on the main image, I sketch right on the canvas, more of an outline of where figures go, because most times I paint over the sketch anyway.”

Lempa’s portraits are as much about sports as they are about history.

“Many of my subjects performed in a time well before I was born and in places that may no longer exist. As an avid historian, I relish the opportunity to research these episodes to ensure the highest level of authenticity in my interpretations. With full-color photography scarcely available, I am also able to breathe new life into each scene and create my own vivid portrayals.”

Despite the rampant corruption, cheating, and scandals in today’s headlines, professional athletes continue to inspire us. Just like the subjects he paints, Lempa’s work captures the imagination of his audience.

“As a former athlete and an avid fan, I was always passionate about sports,” notes Lempa. “To be able use that passion to now capture some of these magical moments on canvas is a gift I am thankful for. To be able to share that passion with others, and have them connect to my art in their own way is an incredible experience.”

Paul Lempa is a nationally recognized artist. His work has been se­­­­en in museums, group shows, national publications, and featured on Topps baseball cards. The June 2011 issue of Beckett Monthly, the leader in sports collecting, called Lempa one of the “TOP 12 Artists to Collect” and he has show several works at the National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also participated in the 14th annual Fine Art of Baseball show at Krevsky gallery in San Francisco, CA, and his work can also be seen in the permanent collection at the Bergino Gallery in New York, NY. Recently, Bayonne Community Museum organized a solo exhibition of his work “Gridiron Greats: The NFL Portraits of Paul Lempa.” Paul and his wife, Deirdre, live in Jersey City with their four children.

The exhibition will be on view at Majestic Theatre Condominium through June 28, 2014. For further information, please visit us at SILVERMAN or call number (201) 435-8000.

Paul Lempa: Icons of Sport is the eighteenth exhibition that Brendan Carroll will organize for SILVERMAN.

For additional information, go here: Paul Lempa.

SILVERMAN has presented the works of Charlotte Becket, Roger Sayre, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Tom McGlynnMargaret MurphyValeri LarkoTenesh WebberGlenn GarverJennifer Krause ChapeauMichelle DollTim HeinsMegan MaloyLaurie Riccadonna, Thomas John Carlson, Tim DalyAnn FlahertyScott TaylorJason SederSara WolfeBeth Gilfilen, Andrzej Lech, Hiroshi KumagaiTom McGlynnVictoria CalabroAsha GanpatDarren JonesRyan Roa,Laura NapierRisa PunoNyugen E. SmithAmanda Thackray, and Kai Vierstra.

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